A product of sparse Blythe, CA, Xavier knew his come-up was going to have to require extra effort. Totaling out with a population of only 19,000, Xavier’s inspirations had to be bred from within. As a child of African Immigrants, his influences span from all sides of the globe.
Recently dropping Hackers, his latest album, it’s without question Xavier has cemented himself deep into the roots of LA Hip-Hop. Finalizing at 9 tracks, that distinctive West Coast sound permeates passionately through the every verse. It’s no surprise the California native is comfortable attacking West Coast themed production. What is surprising is how native LA welcomed him in with open arms.
Nearly as soon as he moved, the connections to some of LA’s most respected seemed to open around every corner. This latest album, featuring Trizz, is a prime example of that. As the two trade verses, the soul of Californias streets can be heard on “Schemez” track 5 off of Hackers.
Each track offers a different side of Xaviers talent, and the combined usage of differing production styles highlights the level of thought that’s put into each track. Production credits include Cypress Moreno, Don Alfonso, WAV, Young Aries and RJ Beats. All of which bring diversified sound, although it’s undoubtedly Californian. “Drummer Boy” is the exception. Almost lo-fi in production style, the relaxed beat allows the penmanship of Xavier to resonate at deeply personal level.
Aside from the diverse sound throughout the album, Xavier’s ability to hype up the audience through creative one-liners or shorter bars is undeniably entertaining. For instance on the first track, “Bitcoins,” the line that left me hyped, and yelling – alone in my own car – goes as follows.
“All these bitches wanna listen to is Diplo, Westside so I put her on to Nip though.”
While this article might be almost a month post-release, the energetic and fiery flow from Hackers is something that clearly has no expiration date.